How to Increase Range of a WiFi (Wireless) Router

by ContributorUpdated September 28, 2017

Is your Wi-Fi feeling a bit peckish? Can your wireless home network barely give you a signal across the room, let alone through walls and up a flight of stairs or two? Here's a few tips how to add some power, speed and range to your wireless performance.

Upgrade your router. If your current wireless router isn't using the 802.11n protocol, you might just want to splurge on a new one. Wi-Fi technology has advanced with new emerging standards like 802.11n, which is just faster and has a better range than its predecessors. The use of MIMO (multiple antennas) has worked wonders, and higher GHz adds a boost as well.

Check the latest reviews. Searching for "Wi-Fi router review" will display a host of articles with recommendations for new routers, as well as some terrific, plain-English explanations of their different features and advice on setting them up.

Linksys, Netgear and Trendnet are well regarded brands, though you should choose carefully among their many offerings. Apple's Airport router certainly has its boosters, though some question whether its high price makes it a good value.

Consider cheaper options. If a new router isn't in your budget, some tweaks to your current wireless home network setup might help.

An intriguing option is a simple, homemade, parabolic reflector to help "focus" your Wi-Fi transmission to where it's needed. You can make a booster antenna with nothing more than cardboard and aluminum foil.

In addition, you can try relocating your router to a different spot in the house. Sometimes that simple step of moving the wireless router from one room to another makes a lot of difference in signal strength, range, speed and overall performance.


You get a big performance boost with an 802.11n Wi-Fi router, even if your computers are using the 802.11g protocol and aren't upgraded for the 802.11n technology.

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